ANIMAL CHARM - GOLDEN DIGEST
Directed by Rich Bott & Jim Fetterley, 1996-2005
By re-editing elements assembled from the banal detritus of infomercials, corporate videos, and late-night TV, Bott and Fetterley scramble media codes, creating a kind of tic-ridden, convulsive collage, their disruptive gestures often re-investing conventional forms with subversive meanings.
ANT FARM VIDEO
An anthology of hilarious and poignant pieces of political video art, including the legendary "Media Burn" and "Cadillac Ranch". "Revolution with a laugh track" (Architectural Record)
Directed by James Felix McKenney, 2006
In a post-apocalyptic future, a lone girl (Christine Spencer) tends to a decaying band of robot soldiers fighting in a generations-old war sparked by humans over conflicting ideologies. As the Enemy Leader (Brenda Cooney) beams destructive video signals into her compound, the Girl tries to discern the origins of the war by watching a video diary left by the Scientist, played by Angus Scrimm (Phantasm
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BACK AGAINST THE WALL
Directed by James Fotopoulos, 2000
In this "Lynch-like vision of the rotting underbelly of Middle America" (Stephen Holden, The New York Times
), the downfall of a lingerie model is portrayed against the depressing, menacing milieus of the men she caters to. Unnerving and highly original!
THE FILMS OF JAMES BROUGHTON
A poet, author, and filmmaker, Broughton, who was christened the "great and wise master of the American avant-garde" by critic Amos Vogel, attempted to use cinema as kind of poetic statement. He took as his subject matter love, sex, the human body, and dream imagery, rendered with a playful, whimsical, and sometimes erotic touch.
THE END OF AUGUST AT THE HOTEL OZONE
Directed by Pavel Juracek, 1966
Nuclear war has destroyed most of civilization. A pack of wild girls search for males who can give them children. With its stark atmospheric settings, cinematograhper Jan Schmidt creates the perfect mood to complement Juracek's sci-fi tale about what awaits us after the end of the world. In Czech with English subtitles.
EXPERIMENTS IN TERROR
Curated by Craig Baldwin, 1961-2002
This shocking program explodes the genre of the horror film, profoundly expanding the cinematic language of fear. Experiments in Terror
perversely unearths a celluloid sarcophagus of horrible beauty by delving into the psyches of six different filmmakers.
EXPERIMENTS IN TERROR 2
This much anticipated follow-up to the first Experiments in Terror
is a frightful collection of rare horror shows. These low-budget grainy ghoulish classics are perfect for a night of screams.
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Directed by René Laloux, 1973
tells the story of "Oms", a human-like species, kept as domesticated pets by an alien race of blue giants called "Draags". The story takes place on the Draags' planet Ygam, where we follow our narrator, an Om called Terr, from infancy to adulthood. He manages to escape enslavement from a Draag learning device used to educate the savage Oms - and begins to organise an Om revolt. The imagination invested in the surreal creatures, music and sound design, and eerie landscapes, is immense and unforgettable. This release includes the early LaLoux short "The Snails" In French with English subtitles.
THE FORMATIVE YEARS (I)
Directed by Heinz Emigholz, 1972-75
The Formative Years (I)
presents the earliest work of acclaimed documentary filmmaker Heinz
Emigholz, whose films from the 1970s reveal his ties to legendary experimental filmmakers
Michael Snow and Ken Jacobs of the New American Cinema, who were major influences on his work. Emigholz's thought-provoking documentaries represent a link between fine art and filmmaking. In
, he explores the interplay between the temporal nature of
film and still compositions of landscapes. The films consist of thousands of photos, taken frame by frame,
cut together to suggest the illusion of time and speed.
THE FORMATIVE YEARS (II): HOTEL/DEMON
Directed by Heinz Emigholz, 1976-79
are two films that explore the nature of time in a beautiful, evocative style. In
, Emigholz disrupts the linear narrative via editing, and then reconnects the shots based on
recognizable patterns. In doing so, he brings new meaning to the images. Demon
is an interpretation of
poet Stephane Mallarme's Le Demon de l'Analogie
reveal Emigholz's ties to
legendary American avant-garde filmmakers Michael Snow and Ken Jacobs of the New American Cinema,
who were major influences on his work.
JAMES FOTOPOULOS x 3
Three uncompromising features directed by James Fotopoulos, the boldly experimental filmmaker whom Ed Halter of The New York Press
hailed as "the most important new director I've seen in many years." Includes Back Against the Wall, Migrating Forms
, and Zero
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Directed by Jim Finn, 2006
With his trademark ironic humor, Finn uses propaganda, news footage, models, historic images, and guinea pigs to fashion a film with distinct visuals and a unique point of view. Interkosmos
also includes hip choreographed numbers, á la
Busby Berkeley, with retro 1970s music that makes it difficult to stop tapping your feet.
Directed by Valie Export, 1977
Anna, a photographer living in Vienna, is losing her grip on her sanity just as her lover loses interest
in her—or perhaps because of this. Her profound sense of loss and alienation manifests itself in her belief
that space aliens are colonizing the minds of her fellow citizens, especially men, which raises the
aggression level. The outside world seems and looks disjointed as her inner world falls apart in this
experimental narrative in which the lines between outward reality and inner fantasy are blurred.
Directed by James Fotopoulos, 1999
A Best Feature award winner at the New York Underground Film Festival, Migrating Forms
is a masterful, minimalist exploration of empty sexuality and its psychic and physical consequences. In a stark, nearly empty room, a man and a woman meet for passionless sex. "Fotopoulos is the most important new director I've seen in many years" (Ed Halter, New York Press
MOCK UP ON MU
Directed by Craig Baldwin, 2009
Avant-garde filmmaker and master of the collage Craig Baldwin pulls out all stops in this featurelength
compilation film based on true stories of California's strange subcultures. And, if they weren’t true,
they should have been!
Rocket pioneer Jack Parsons, sci-fi author and cult leader L. Ron Hubbard, and New Age earth
mother Marjorie Cameron are the "stars" of Mock Up on Mu
as their lives are portrayed in pulp-serial
snippets, industrial films, and fictional clips from old movies combined with newly shot live-action material.
Their intertwined tales exploit California's reputation as the world of the weird while offering a speculative
farce on the corporate take-over of spiritual pursuits and leisure activities.
NOT 4 $ALE: TV SHERIFF & THE TRAILBUDDIES
Emerging from the LA underground in the year 2000, a self - proclaimed "video band" called TV Sheriff & the Trailbuddies hit the scene with their twisted take on performance art and VJ remixing. They have since taken their unique act to venues worldwide, providing animated commentary on the state of mind control in the USA.
ON THE SILVER GLOBE
Directed by Andrzej Zulawski, 1987
In this disturbing glimpse into the future, a group of space pioneers crash-land on the Moon, where they begin a colony. All of the adults die off save one, who becomes known as the Old Man. The children revert to a primitive lifestyle, creating their own myths, deities, and social classes. Years later, a space bureaucrat from Earth arrives on the scene and is hailed as their great messiah. In Polish with English subtitles.
Directed by Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, 1977
In a series of 22 tableaux set on a soundstage, Syberberg makes use of puppets, props, a thundering Wagnerian soundtrack, and rear-screen projection to evoke Nazi Germany, the origins of the Third Reich, and the disturbing aftermath that followed. Neither a feature film nor a conventional documentary, Our Hitler
is a seven-and-a-half-hour fever dream on coming to terms with Nazism. In German with English subtitles.
THE PRACTICE OF LOVE
Directed by Valie Export, 1984
With its plot twists and experimental sensibility, The Practice of Love
was a stunning
directorial debut for avant-garde filmmaker Valie Export.
Judith, an investigative journalist, begins to unravel a murder mystery that implicates one of her
current lovers. When she checks out a peep-show business on the seedy side of Hamburg as part of the
investigation, she runs into a former boyfriend who used to be a psychiatrist but is now an arms dealer.
Judith is lured back into his fold, cheating on her current lovers, one of whom is also a shrink. Despite her
profession, or perhaps because of it, Judith tends to blend fantasy and reality, so small wonder she is
attracted to psychiatrists. But, two shrinks and a murder prove more than Judith can handle. In German with English subtitles.
Directed by Juliusz Machulski, 1984
Two friends awaken 50 years after they were frozen cryogenically in a hibernation experiment, only to discover they are the only two men left on earth! Women now control the world from the underground, and they graciously allow the two men to stay as long as they rid themselves of their "manhood." Polish with English subtitles.
SPECTRES OF THE SPECTRUM
Directed by Craig Baldwin, 1999
Agitprop genius Craig Baldwin returns with his grandest work to date! Spectres of the Spectrum
plunders Baldwin's treasure trove of early television shows, industrial and educational films, Hollywood movies, advertisements and cartoons, combining these with live-action footage, no-budget special effects, and relentless narration to generate a wholly original paranoid science-fiction epic.
Directed by Craig Baldwin, 1991
Baldwin's "pseudo-pseudo-documentary" presents a factual chronicle of US intervention in Latin America in the form of the ultimate far-right conspiracy theory, combining space aliens, environmental catastrophe, cattle mutilations, killer bees, religious prophecy, covert action, and just about every other crackpot theory under the sun.
VALERIE AND HER WEEK OF WONDERS
Directed by Jaromil Jires, 1970
The line between fantasy and reality are blurred in this surreal and sexual horror tale from one of the Czech New Wave's top directors. After receiving a pair of bewitched earrings, a young girl's world is turned upside-down. Soon, vampires and carnal priests disrupt the girl's slumber, ravaging her innocence and awakening the woman within. Beautifully filmed. In Czech with English subtitles.
WHO WANTS TO KILL JESSIE?
Directed by Vaclav Vorlicek, 1966
In this trippy but charming comedy, a well-respected scientist creates a formula that can remove elements from dreams. But, what she doesn't know is that these dream images can manifest themselves in the real world. When she injects her husband with the formula, his dreams of Jessie-the blonde, voluptuous heroine of the comic strip "Who Wants to Kill Jessie?"-come crashing into their lives. In Czech with English subtitles.
Curated by Noel Lawrence, 2007
delivers a searing spectacle of celluloid sensuality for the pleasure of the body's largest sex organ -- your brain. Using exotic tropes and erotic footage from the world's oldest genre, this program of ardent auteurs spin grindhouse dross into art-house gold with perverse panache.
Directed by James Fotopoulos, 1997
James Fotopoulos' deeply disturbing experimental film paints a grim portrait of the psychological collapse of a young man drifting further and further into total isolation. A shocking debut feature, told entirely through one character. "Heartfelt and creepy as hell" (Shock Cinema
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